If you happen to be in New York this weekend and love a good pigeon chase (who doesn’t?), please come out to see Harry Bliss, who will be reading from his charming new TOON Book Luke on the Loose.

THE STRAND: Saturday May 2 – Family Hour – 3:30pm (828 Broadway @ 12th Street)

BOOKS OF WONDER: Sunday May 3 – with Shaun Tan – 1:00pm (18 West 18th Street)

(Sorry. Penny the puppy will not be in attendance.)


Join Geoffrey and Leigh this Saturday at Kids ComicCon!

2 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.: Pirates and princesses, sweet mice and monsters next door… See some of the TOON Books come alive with a staged reading by author Geoffrey Hayes and actress Leigh Stein!

2:30 – 3:45: Following the TOON Books reading, young performers will have the opportunity to play monsters, slimy slugs, toads, and more, in a Readers Theater workshop of Eleanor Davis’ Geisel Honor Book Stinky. With an introduction by comics and literacy specialist Peter Gutierrez, the workshop will culminate in a staged performance with the all-kid cast at 3:15pm—best for children ages 6-12.

For more info on the ComicCon (and directions to the Bronx), click here.





by Geoffrey Hayes
(RAW Junior/TOON Books, May 5, 2009, ISBN 978-0-9799238-9-0, $12.95)

Geoffrey Hayes’ beloved brother and sister pair returns in this lively whodunit about two curious little mice, a rule that begs to be broken, and a mystery next door…

Benny and his sister Penny know it’s wrong to sneak into someone else’s backyard, but their mysterious new neighbor—or is it a monster?—may be a thief. They go snooping and discover a lot about themselves and…a new friend.

Bestselling author Geoffrey Hayes has written and illustrated over forty children’s books, including the extremely popular series of early readers Otto and Uncle Tooth, the classic Bear by Himself, the Patrick Bear books, and When the Wind Blew by Caldecott Medal-winning author Margaret Wise Brown. His previous TOON Book, Benny and Penny in Just Pretend, was hailed in a Booklist starred review as “a charmer that will invite repeated readings.” Now these adorable mice are back, in an addition to the immensely successful collection of TOON Books, hardcover comics for early readers published by New Yorker Art Editor Françoise Mouly with Series Advisor Art Spiegelman. The imprint launched in Spring 2008. We are pleased to announce the following events in celebration of the release of Benny and Penny in The Big No-No!:

Saturday, April 25, 2009—NEW YORK CITY
2:00-2:30pm– Staged Reading at Kids ComicCon
Bronx Community College, 2155 University Boulevard

Saturday, May 9, 2009—NEW YORK CITY
2:20 PM– Children’s Book Week Kick-Off Events
Bryant Park, Fifth Avenue & 42nd Street

Tuesday, May 12, 2009—NEW YORK CITY
4:00 PM– Storytime
Barnes and Noble Tribeca, 97 Warren Street


Congratulations to Eleanor Davis, a 2009 Eisner Award Nominee for her TOON Book Stinky in the “Best Publication for Kids” category.


Harry Bliss, the New Yorker cartoonist who is half the team (with Doreen Cronin) behind the #1 New York Times bestseller Diary of a Worm, and who recently teamed with Newbery Medal-winner Kate DiCamillo for Louise, the Adventures of a Chicken, is taking off on a solo book of his own!

In this breakthrough book, Luke looks on at the pigeons in Central Park, while Dad is lost in “boring Daddy talk,” and before you know it—LUKE IS ON THE LOOSE! The story of this little boy on a solo flight through New York City is sure to delight any young reader who has ever felt cooped up. A cartoonist at heart, Harry Bliss instinctively uses the format of the comic book to great effect, drawing his readers on a breathless and unconventional tour of New York, filled with the kind of uproarious details young readers delight in.

Harry Bliss is the illustrator of numerous bestselling children’s books, including Newbery Medal-winner Sharon Creech’s It’s a Fine, Fine School, the above-mentioned Diary of a Worm, and Which Would You Rather Be? by Caldecott Medal-winner William Steig. This is his first comic book. He currently resides in Northern Vermont with his son and their puppy Penny, who has yet to catch her first squirrel. LUKE ON THE LOOSE is an hilarious addition to the immensely successful collection of TOON Books, hardcover comics for early readers published by New Yorker Art Editor Françoise Mouly with Series Advisor Art Spiegelman. The imprint launched in Spring 2008. TOON Books is pleased to announce a series of appearances by Bliss to promote Luke. Following are some of Bliss’ upcoming events:

Thursday, April 16, 2009—NAPERVILLE, IL
7:00 PM– Reading and Book Signing
Anderson’s Bookshop, 123 West Jefferson

Saturday, May 2, 2009—NEW YORK CITY
3:30 PM– Strand Family Hour Reading and Book Signing
The Strand, 828 Broadway (at 12th Street)

Sunday, May 3, 2009—NEW YORK CITY
1:00 PM– Reading and Book Signing with Shaun Tan
Books of Wonder, 18 West 18th Street

Monday, May 4, 2009—JAMAICA PLAIN, MA
6:30 PM– Family Night Presentation
Connolly Branch Library, 433 Centre Street

Tuesday, May 5, 2009—BURLINGTON, MA
6:30 PM– Reading and Book Signing
Barnes & Noble, 98 Middlesex Pkwy

Saturday, May 23, 2009—ESSEX JUNCTION, VT
11:00 AM– Reading and Book Signing
Phoenix Books, 21 Essex Way